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Monday, 3 July 2017

June Reads - Lost Boy

I feel like I say this every month, but June was a funny old month for reading. I managed to read 5 books, but I felt like I started about 6 or 7 other books and realised I just wasn't in the mood to start reading them. As I've previously said, I'm trying to push myself with genres as I tend to stick to contemporary novels. 


I was impressed with most of the books that I read this month, but one was a stand out and it really surprised me. I'm not a huge fan of fantasy but Lost Boy by Christina Henry was a tale that caught my eye. Christina Henry is writing books that are adaptations and twists on the classic tales and when I saw the classic green with a hook I knew I had to have it. Peter Pan is one of my favourite children's tales and the story really intrigued me.

"There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favourite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbours are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.
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I don't want to give too much away as it would spoil the whole book. But I loved knowing who the character was in the original tale but finding out how dark and twisted the tale could really be. The character relationships and the fast pace meant that I literally read it in just over a day and was eager to read more as soon as I closed the page. 

I loved the representation of the characters, especially the main narrator who is a boy called Jamie. He had a caring, mothering approach and wanted nothing more than to look after the lost boys that turned up in Neverland. Peter himself is a character that you love to hate, you wonder if he is evil, misunderstood or you are just reading him through a villains glasses. Whilst it was a really original retelling, it did remind me of the sinister representation of Peter Pan in Once Upon A Time. 

It was a book that honestly kept me gripped and surprised me as maybe I'm not a contemporary obsessive after all!
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